A sense of disappointment was over them all, for the new girl upon whom their present thoughts were centered had not put in an appearance—nothing was said about her—Mrs. Freeman looked as tranquil as usual, Miss Patience as white and anxious, Miss Delicia as good-natured and downy.
While Janet was speaking, Dorothy, who had refused to seat herself in the armchair assigned to her, and whose clear, bright blue eyes were roving eagerly all over the beautiful summer landscape, exclaimed in an eager voice:
"It is delightful to have you back again," said Mrs. Freeman, bending over her pupil and kissing her. "And really, Evelyn, you look almost well. Oh, my dear child, what a fright I got about you last night."
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"Do try not to make such a fool of yourself," repeated Janet, angrily, in her ear.She scrutinized Olive's face now, a slightly satirical expression hovering round her somewhat thin lips.She was not present, however, and did not, indeed, put in an appearance in the breakfast room until the meal was half over.
"I shall look to you to help me with this wild Irish girl," she said with a smile. "Now, go to your lessons, my dear."She was not a specially clever girl, nevertheless she was now, in virtue of her seniority, and a certain painstaking determination, which made her capable of mastering her studies, at the head of the school.She was not present, however, and did not, indeed, put in an appearance in the breakfast room until the meal was half over.
What a fuss everyone was making about that stupid Evelyn Percival. Here was the head mistress even quite in a fume because she was a minute or two late in putting in an appearance.
Janet turned away, and Olive was obliged to look out for a fresh companion to attach herself to.
There was a movement of chairs, and a general rising.